- Verne Lundquist
Verne Lundquist (born
July 17, 1940) is an American sportscaster, currently employed by CBS Sportstelevision.
Early life and career
Lundquist was born in
Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from Austin High School in Austin, Texas, before attending Texas Lutheran University(formerly Texas Lutheran College), where he also founded the Omega Tau Fraternity (ΩΤ) in 1958 before graduating in 1962.
He began his broadcasting career as sports anchor for
WFAA-TVin Dallas and in Austin, Texasfor KTBC, as well as being the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys. Lundquist joined the Cowboys Radio Network in 1973 and remained with the team until the 1984 season. He was paired with future (and now current) play-by-play man Brad Shamstarting with the 1977 season, the year the Cowboys went 12-2 (winning the first eight games of the season) and capturing their 2nd NFL championship in Super Bowl XII.
Nationally, Lundquist worked for
ABC Sportsfrom 1974 to 1981, then moved to CBS (1982-1995) and TNT cable (1995-1997) before returning to CBS in 1998.
Lundquist currently does
play-by-playfor CBS college football(teaming with Gary Danielsonon the network's broadcast of Southeastern Conferencegames) and college basketballaction, as well as The Mastersand PGA Championshipgolf tournaments. He is also among the key voices of NFL Films, and in past years had called regional NFL games for CBS, NBA games for CBS and TNT, and TNT's "Sunday Night Football" telecasts. He also called television play-by-play on Seattle Seahawkspre-season games in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Lundquist's patented belly laugh and his contagious enthusiasm for the events he covers have made him one of the more prominent and recognizable on-air talents in network TV.
During the 1992, 1994 and 1998
Winter Olympics, whose rights were held by CBS and TNT, Lundquist and Scott Hamilton served as the announcers for figure skatingevents. Their performances was parodied by " Saturday Night Live" cast members Phil Hartmanand Darrell Hammond(as Lundquist) with Dana Carvey, David Spade, and Will Ferrell(both as Hamilton) : in 1992 with Jason Priestleyand 1994 with Nancy Kerriganand Chris Farleydid a spoof of the Olympics figure skating events, as both Hartman and Myers went "Oh!" when Priestly or Farley (in a pre-recorded performance) did an on-ice pratfall. Lundquist, after seeing the original footage in 1992, commented that Hartman "nailed it dead on."
Lundquist also backed up for Chris Schenkel on ABC's
Pro Bowlers Tourin 1978 during a tournament in Grand Prairie, TX.
Lundquist is widely known for having a "man crush" on former University of Georgia football players
David Greeneand David Pollack. He would repeatedly point out that the "Two Davids," as they were collectively known, played on the same youth football team. ["Verne Lundquist is a Happy Man," SportsSavior.com http://sportssavior.blogspot.com/2007/11/verne-lundquist-is-happy-man.html Retrieved April 21, 2008 17:35 CDT.] On November 10, 2007, Lundquist ignited further controversy during the Auburn-Georgia football game when he attempted to perform the Soulja Boy dance with broadcast partner Gary Danielsonwhile "Crank That" played over Sanford Stadium's PA system. ["Curious Index" Every Day Should Be Saturday http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2007/11/12/curious-index-111207/ Retrieved April 21, 2008 17:37 CDT.]
Sports fans across America have heard Lundquist call some of the most dramatic moments in sporting history.
Lundquist was the voice of the
Dallas Cowboys, and during the radio broadcast of Super Bowl XIIIagainst the Pittsburgh Steelers, is notable for saying the famous line, "Bless his heart, he's got to be the sickest man in America!" after Cowboys tight end Jackie Smithdropped a touchdownpass, which arguably cost the Cowboys the game.
Lundquist was also the play-by-play man for what many consider the greatest college basketball game ever played, the 1992 Regional Final between Kentucky and Duke wherein
Christian Laettnerhit a 17 foot jump shot as time ran out, to win the game in overtime. "Here's the pass to Laettner...puts it up...YES!!!" In 2006, he announced another memorable college basketball game (George Mason vs. Connecticut) in the Elite 8. In George Mason's historic upset, Verne announced "By George, the dream is alive!" He was a play-by-play announcer in the " NBA Live '98" video game [http://www.rtassoc.com/gm_nbalive98.html] and is currently the play-by-play announcer in the " College Hoops 2K8" video game.
Lundquist also called two of the most famous golf shots at the Masters golf tournament. Most recently,
Tiger Woods' dramatic birdie chip-in on #16 at the 2005 Masters, yelling "Oh my goodness! Oh WOW!! IN YOUR LIFE, have you seen anything like that?" [ [http://youtube.com/watch?v=HnRCENCYMcw YouTube - tiger woods amazing shot ] ] In 1986, he called Jack Nicklaus' birdie putt on Hole 17, with the famous line: "Maybe...YES SIR!" Lundquist may be famous with the MTVgeneration as he played himself commentating on tournaments in the 1996 motion picture, " Happy Gilmore" and also as the voice of college football games. Another pet phrase Lundquist uses on occasion is "How..do you DO!"; on a huge offensive or defensive play, a phrase he took from Southern California football broadcaster Pete Arbogast (who in turn took the phrase from venerable broadcaster Vin Scully).
Lundquist filled in for Ernie Johnson as host of TNT's coverage of the 2006 PGA Championship as Johnson was battling cancer.
At the 2005
Sun Bowl, Lundquist was inducted into the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame along with UCLA Bruinsfootball coach Terry Donahue. In 2007 the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Associationelected him for induction to its Hall of Fame.
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